One of the least worthy feuds in U.S. politics continued on Sunday, as Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney responded to a bizarre insult from Donald Trump.
“I like Republican presidents who are reelected,” Cheney tweeted, with a photo of George W Bush.
Bush defeated John Kerry for re-election in 2004. Cheney’s father, Dick Cheney, was Bush’s vice president.
Liz Cheney’s tweet was in response to an image released by Trump on Thursday. Under the headline “ICYMI: Must-See Photo,” a Trump-affiliated political action committee sent in an edited image that linked Cheney and Bush.
Trump posted the image at a rally in Georgia on Saturday, but he was unable to tweet it himself as he remains barred from the platform for inciting the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol on the 6th. January.
Trump was then 14 days away from ceding the Oval Office to Joe Biden, who denied him a second term with a convincing election victory. Trump did not acknowledge his defeat.
At a rally near the White House on Jan.6, Trump repeated lies about alleged electoral fraud and told his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn the result. Five people died in and around the ensuing invasion of Congress. More than 650 have been charged.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for Trump’s impeachment following the attack – his second, unique among presidents – but since only seven Senate Republicans could be persuaded to vote to convict, Trump remains free to be re-elected.
Only one president – Grover Cleveland, a 19th-century Democrat – won the White House again after losing a candidacy for reelection.
Trump, however, remains the dominant force in the Republican Party, organizing rallies, repeating his lies about electoral fraud, handing out endorsements, attacking enemies within and outside the party, and presiding over a growing campaign war chest.
The Bush-Cheney spliced ââimage was accompanied by a link for donations.
Cheney’s response was rented on Twitter by Meghan McCain, another daughter of a Republican establishment figure attacked by Trump, in her case the late Arizona Senator and presidential candidate John McCain.
Along with Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger, Cheney is one of two Republican members of the House select committee investigating the Jan.6 assault.
On Thursday, he announced subpoenas for figures close to Trump, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows, his deputy Dan Scavino and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
Cheney, a tough conservative, is among Republicans opposed to Trump for attracting major challengers. Earlier this month, she responded to Trump’s endorsement of Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming lawyer, with another hard-hitting tweet.
âHere’s a sound sample for you,â she wrote. “Bring it on.”
An interview with Cheney was scheduled to air on CBS 60 Minutes Sunday night.